It's about that time, folks. If Ubisoft sticks to its past actions, we'll soon find out what's next for the Assassin's Creed franchise. While Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations were all announced in the April/May window,Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag were both announced in early March. So where is the series heading in 2014?
The AC series is a collaboration borne by Ubisoft's vast studio system; a number of internal studios work in concert on each annual iteration, with one studio taking the reins each year. The creation of 2014's Assassin's Creed is being led by Splinter Cell: Blacklist developer Ubisoft Toronto, a studio run by managing director Jade Raymond. In a recent interview with Adweek
, Raymond shot down the idea that the next Assassin's Creed would take place in feudal Japan.
This is surprising because the Assassin's Creed: Initiates
was previously focused in modern day Tokyo, Japan. Initiates is Ubisoft's community program that provides extra color to the world of Assassin's Creed. The series is following Assassin Order leader Gavin Banks and his travels aboard the Altair II, as told through reports from a (Templar?) spy. From May to December of last year, Initiates was focused
on reviving the Order's presence in Japan (Yakuza Assassins!), leading some to believe that feudal Japan was the series' next stop. In January, Initiates moved to a new location, Moscow, Russia.
Russia has been the focus of previous Assassin's Creed graphical novels, The Chain and The Fall. Both series chronicled the adventures of Russia assassin Nikolai Orelov, through the Animus memories of his ancestor Daniel Cross. Orelov operated from the late 19th century until the early 20th century. His story was completed in the two series, but a new game could follow his son or an earlier Russian assassin during the Industrial Revolution...
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